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    10-18-2010, 02:45 PM
I'll look for it. I usually go to TS to get my feed because it is the closest to me. The Co-op is about 20 miles in the opposite direction. :(
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    10-19-2010, 07:56 AM
I give chamomile/valerian calmer from SmartPack to my paint and thinking about switching to chamomile/vervain (as I'm not fan of valerian). I tried several calmers, this one seems to work the best. But I think in your case you need something one-time use, not on daily basis. Quietex may be just good enough.
    10-19-2010, 10:49 AM
Yeah kitten_val, I'm thinking one time use also. I am going to get the Quietex this evening after work. I'm also going to look into vitamin supplements though, just in case it is some sort of deficiency. It had been on my mind since somebody mentioned it in this thread earlier. Then I saw him with the mineral block. I just put it in there with them yesterday morning, and I could already see the indentions from them licking it yesterday evening. This morning when I let them out after they ate, Rosie went to the hay and Rookie went straight to the block. When Rosie went to get a few licks in, Rook ran her away from it. I was watching this thinking to myself...could he make it any more plain to me? I'm hoping once I get his vitamins where they're supposed to be that he'll calm down a little during the day. The vet told me that he's not picking up weight because he's running it all off. He didn't suggest the vitamins, but what can it hurt?
    10-20-2010, 12:01 AM
I have a question, does quietex actually work? I took my gelding out on trail last weekend and he was like riding a brick he was so tense. He bucked a few time and hopped and did this incredibly up and down but not really going anywhere trot the last 20 minutes of the ride. I saw some quietex on monday and bought it on a whim in the hope that it would do something to help calm him down on trail and make him a bit more controllable and hopefully stop him bucking.

Anyone who's used it what difference did it make to your horse?
    10-20-2010, 10:19 AM
I went out and bought a tub of the powdered Quietex yesterday evening, and also 2 syringes of the paste for this weekend. I gave it to him in his evening feeding. He only poo'd twice in his stall last night...instead of the usual four or five; and this morning, he actually kept his head in his feed bucket until he was done. He normally gets a couple of bites, comes to the stall door and looks around...or get a couple of bites, then get a bite of hay and come back to his feed. If this is any indication of how he's going to be this weekend, I don't think I'll have to worry about the crow-hopping or dancing the whole ride. I'm really looking forward to seeing how he is this weekend. I also called a feed store which is only a little bit out of my way coming to and from work. They have a buy 10 get 1 free deal. I told the guy that I don't have room to safely store 10 bags, and he told me that it wasn't a problem! They would keep them there and all I'd have to do is bring in my receipt and they'd mark it off as I picked them up. I have enough to last me through the first of the month right now, but I'm going to get a bag to switch them over to gradually...if it works out, then I'll go back and buy the 10.
    10-20-2010, 10:26 AM
I use powdered Quietex along with Su-Per Mag Calm on Casper, but that's only part of the regimen.

I've taken him completely off sugar laden feeds, and gone to beet pulp and an alfalfa based dry pellet.

He also stays out 24/7/365, unless the weather's just so horrendous it would be detrimental to his health to be out.

All of that, along with regular exercise and ear poofs, have made a world of difference in his attitude.

None of the calmers are going to be a miracle cure. You have to take everything into account with a reactive, spooky horse and adjust their life accordingly.
    10-20-2010, 11:02 AM
Originally Posted by phoenix    
I have a question, does quietex actually work?
Not for me. I tried both - paste and pellets with 0 effect. ANY calmer effect really depends on horse.

SR said it all, calmer is not magical. You have to consider feed, turnout and exercise as well when you deal with calming a horse down. Mine went CRAZY on grain, so I switched them to low starch/low sugar basically beet pulp pellets.
    10-20-2010, 11:23 AM
That's just it though, he's not spooky at all. His matter the him coming to a dead stop to look at whatever, and then going on by.

I'm like you SR, both of my guys are out all the time except for feed time; and that's just because I don't want to stand between them, and when the weather is horrendous. The feed store that I contacted yesterday has the low starch, low sugar feed. That's what I'm going to be switching both of them over to. I just know the horse he is when we're riding with 1 other person or alone (like me), and the horse that he is when in crowds. I've been working on myself...and I need supplements everyday. But after the change in my supplements last week, I have been very calm...even in the crowd this past weekend. Now, I just need to find the right feed and supplement for him.

Thank you for the replies!!! And we're leaving tomorrow evening for our next trip. I'll let you guys know how he did.
    10-20-2010, 11:26 AM
Good luck! Let us know! :)
    10-20-2010, 11:59 AM
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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